SAN FRANCISCO—On Thursday, August 6, the San Francisco Giants optioned left-handed pitcher Andrew Suarez and outfielder Steven Duggar from their active roster to their alternate camp in Sacramento.
Following the roster move, the Giants added Suarez and Duggar to the team’s expanded taxi squad. The taxi squad consists of five players who travel with the team on road trips so that they are capable of joining the active roster immediately if a player suffers an injury or gets sick with COVID-19.
The Giants recently promoted Suarez and Duggar to the main roster after both started the season at the team’s alternate training site. Duggar spent a week with the Giants during which he got two hits in 15 at bats, with one of the two being a two-run double on Tuesday. In his three days since being promoted, Suarez did not get into a game.
They trimmed their roster by two to reach the mandated 28 man roster limit for all Major League Baseball (MLB) teams throughout the rest of this season, including the expanded postseason. Initially, teams were going to have to drop to 26 players on August 20. The MLB reversed course and said that rosters can stay at 28 after the recent COVID-19 outbreak that caused teams like the Marlins to go a week without playing. For doubleheaders this season, all MLB teams can have a 29th player on the team.
The Giants finished up a four game series against the Rockies on Thursday, August 6 and will head to Los Angeles for three games against the Dodgers this weekend.